Friday, September 30, 2011

Update: US Envoy Traveling to Kabul, Islamabad to Address Haqqani Issue

Marc Grossman, U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, is headed to Kabul and Islamabad to secure Pakistan's support against the Haqqani insurgent network and to persuade Afghanistan to continue three-way talks with the U.S. and Pakistan on counter-terrorism and economic development.

COMMENT: This is excellent news. Marc Grossman is one of the most gifted negotiators the US Foreign Service has produced. The insurgent group attacked the U.S. embassy in Kabul on September 13. Most recently, outgoing JCS chief Admiral Mike Mullen was publicly quoted as characterizing the Haqqani network as a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI.

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